‘Magic Rabbit,’ Rare and Adorable Species, Spotted for the First Time in 20 Years, Captivates Wildlife Enthusiasts

Meet the Ili Pika, one of the rarest and most endangered animals in the world. These photos are the first ones taken of the elusive mountain-dwelling creature in 20 years.

Introducing the Ili pika, aka the magic rabbit, the adorable endangered animal no one's ever heard of | Metro News

The adorable Ili Pika was first discovered by Li Weidong in 1983 in the Tianshian mountains in northwestern China. The conservationist is also responsible for capturing the rare animal on camera after so many years. Thought to be related to rabbits, little is known about the Ili Pika who lives at high altitudes.

Meet the animal that's rarer – and cuter – than a panda | CNN

Sadly, the Ili Pika’s population has drastically dwindled since Li’s discovery. Li told CNN, “I discovered the species, and I watched as it became endangered. If it becomes extinct in front of me, I’ll feel so guilty.”

Tái xuất sau hơn 20 năm biến mất, loài thú lập tức gây sốt vì quý hiếm hơn cả gấu trúc

He has retired early to study the creatures. Li and his volunteers have estimated that their population is less than 1000, putting them at extreme risk.ư

The Ili pika spotted for the first time in 20 years - LifeGate

They have dubbed the adorable animal the ‘magic rabbit’, but there is nothing magical about their declining numbers, which they suspect may be due to air pollution and global warming. Although there is no official organization researching or protecting the creature, Li hopes others will take up his work when he is no longer able to climb the mountains and help study and protect the animal he discovered.

The Ili pika is a species of mammal in the family Ochotonidae, endemic to northwest China. After its discovery in 1983, … | Rare animals, Animals wild, Cute animals

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